Judging by the numbers, the Allies have done very well in the air war to date. Japan has taken many more losses. The Allied fighter pools are now drained, however, so going forward it's going to be very difficult to wage war. If the Japanese pools are likewise strained to the breaking point, okay. But if the Japanese have plenty of fighters, isn't there something wrong? I mean, if the Allies can wage war effectively but end up in worse position than Japan? I think this is a common questions, but here are the numbers that paint the picture well, I think. What do you guys think?
As of 12/1/42
Japanes Planes Downed: 7,122
Allied Planes Downed: 4,673
The Allies have lost almost exactly two-thirds the number of aircraft that Japan has lost. So, if anybody should be straining for aircraft now it should be Japan, right?
Here are the top 15 model losses in the game (12 of these are Japanese, three are Allied)
778 A6M2 Zero
576 B5N2 Kate
428 Ic Oscar
403 G3M2 Nell
323 IIa Sally
322 Ic Sally
314 Ia Helen
268 D3A1 Val
261 A6M3b Zero
248 Hurricane IIb
American Fighter Pools
10 P-39D (a few squadrons still on map with less than half strength)
0 P-40E (a half dozen squadrons still on map, most at half strength or less)
7 P-400 (no sqadrons on map)
0 P-38E (one squadron on map with 7 planes, plus several restricted on West Coast)
0 P-38F (no squadrons on map)
4 P-38G (one squadron on map with 9 planes)
14 P-40K (five squadrons on map, mainly full strength)
RAF Fighter Pools - nothing, except a couple of Hurricanes
American Bomber Pools
0 B-17E (a few understrength squadrons on map)
12 B-17F (a few understrength squadrons on map)
4 B-24D (a handful of understrenght squadrons on map)
16 B-25B (one squadron on map)
3 B-25 C (a half dozen squadrons on map in decent shape)
11 A20A (one squadron on map)
0 B-26B (three squadrons on map with zero or one plane)
RAF Bomber Pools - nothing, except two or three Wellingtons
Are these numbers skewed or is this the intent of AE (or Reluctant Admiral)? Is Japan really supposed to be the major industrial power while the Allies lag badly?
If the Allies wage a mainly defensive air war, successfully judging by the numbers, but still run out of aircraft, is the intent to reign in the Allies and keep them fighting largely defensively in '42 (and probably well into '43)?
Or do I have a skewed mod or am I misreading things?
Your situation mirrors my own experience in my stock scen 2 game vs Ark. I do not know if John can produce the same amount in this mod but expect he is producing plenty. Basically, serious offensive operations were hampered until the hellcat came into production. That was then my go to aircraft for about a year.
Not fun but in the end it does make for a longer and more competitive game. And keeps the Japanese player from bailing some times. If he was constrained to historical numbers such as you are, his position would already be hopeless. I will say that in 1945 my total air superiority in numbers and quality gets a bit boring. You can only hope that John is bored now and that will cause him to make a big mistake...
If I recall, some posters did mention the danger of an offensive in 1942 due to this issue. If I were John, I would go all "Rader" on you and just attack you in the air on all fronts regardless of losses. I don't think he pays enough attention to these matters but a good JFB can do the math and know you are short of aircraft. In order to throw you out of Sumatra, he is going to have to take the air back. Something he can do if he is willing to be totally ruthless. Some might argue that he would be robbing Peter to pay Paul but as I see it his only concern at this stage has to be the total defeat of your invasion. Otherwise he has lost everything.
< Message edited by crsutton -- 7/12/2013 3:48:45 PM >
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